Keep Your Heart Happy with Fish Oil

    Barry "Allegedly" Had Some Help

    I have a friend who, for the sake of this post, let’s call Bryan. Bryan is, well, I believe the scientific term is a “meat head”. I do not mean meat head as in dumb frat guy who thinks half of the dictionary consists of “dude” and “bro”, I mean a guy who is serious about lifting weights and being healthy. The guy takes more supplements than Barry Bonds when he was making the baseball record book his own personal diary, although his supplements are strictly the legal kind. If he was popping any more pills I would need to head an intervention. If he is not talking about health and nutrition, he is probably finishing his fourth set of power squats while trying to nonchalantly check out his deltoids in the mirror, all while wearing short-shorts and a cut-off.

    Nevertheless, this guy is the most knowledgeable source of health and nutrition I have, an aspiring health and nutrition doctor well versed in the science behind health. The other day, while I was eating dinner and he was guzzling down protein shake number five of the day, I asked him, “If I could only have one supplement, what would it be?”

    After thinking of various supplements with a happy smile on his face that reminded me of the look a mother would give her infant child, he settled on the answer. “Fish Oil”.

    I have to summarize what he said next, because most people don’t speak meat head fluently. Luckily I am familiar with the culture after my stint playing high school football, so I can attempt to translate in a language everyone can understand:

    Fish oil has been shown in numerous medical studies to be beneficial to your heart, brain, and body. Fish oil has properties that can lower blood pressure and help prevent secondary cardiovascular diseases. For your brain, fish oil can aid in fighting off Alzheimer’s disease, depression, aggressive tendencies, Parkinson’s disease and possibly schizophrenia. Finally, for the body, fish oil can help treat Lupus, Psoriasis, and some form of cancer such as Prostate cancer and breast cancer.

    (NOTE: All of these findings are based on experimental studies. Fish oil has not been definitively proven to provide all of the benefits above, but merely hypothesized with experimental findings which did support these hypothesis.)

    The American Heart Association Gives Fish Oil a Big Thumbs Up!

    If you don’t think Bryan is a credible source, than maybe the American Heart Association will convince you. On the American Heart Association website (www.heart.org), the AHA:

    “Recommend[s] eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week” for the omega-3 fatty acids, which can also be found in fish oil tablets.

    If your diet is not heavy in fatty fish such as Salmon or other sources of omega-3 fatty acids (almonds, walnuts, soybeans), you should follow Bryan’s advice and buy some Fish Oil Tablets.

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